ERIC Number: EJ770236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
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Dilemmas in Crossing the Boundaries: From K-12 to Higher Education and Back Again
Craig, Cheryl J.
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v23 n7 p1165-1176 Oct 2007
For the purpose of reflective analysis, this article, which employs narrative inquiry as a research methodology, combines two "crossing the boundaries" dilemmas I experienced over the course of a decade. While the dilemmas relate to different issues that emerged in my career (standardized testing as a K-12 teacher and the formal evaluation of a reform program as a tenured, full professor), I trace the roots of the dilemmas to the same source: the hegemonic relationship between theory and practice which, despite the passage of time, continues to persist in the field of education and to shape the professional experiences of educators, some of which are miseducative. I argue that until the relationship between educational practices in schools and educational practices in universities are addressed, school reform that benefits children cannot be fully realized.
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Research Methodology, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Standardized Tests, School Restructuring, Educational Change, Personal Narratives, Teaching Experience, College School Cooperation, Transformative Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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